One of Manchester’s most-loved galleries is to return in the month of love; and precisely on Valentine’s Day. The Whitworth art gallery’s opening ceremony kicks off on Saturday 14 February at 10am. Having gone through a £15m overhaul, the gallery is celebrating its development with ten opening exhibitions, new commissions indoors and out, and the incredible achievements of the architects behind its revamp – MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects).
The announcement came as welcome news as, in the same week, HOME arts centre revealed the coming of the second long-awaited arts project on First Street. The day will be a Valentine’s opening weekend worth of art, talks, performance, walks, literature, family fun and a fire and light show. Tickets to the ceremony are selling out fast so be sure to grab yours now.
To build excitement up to Saturday’s official ceremony, there will be a meteor shower created the night before, by Cornelia Parker and the University of Manchester’s Nobel-winning scientist Kostya Novoselov, with fireworks from 7.50pm.
For the non-romantics among you who just want a rave, there will be an after-hours party in the new space led by the well-known Manchester DJ Dave Haslam, which will be a free event but will still need to be booked and tickets are flying out quickly.
Throughout the day, there will be curators giving talks and artist guides to visitors in the gallery’s ten opening exhibitions, while children are taken on an interactive musical experience at 10am. There is also a talk from Cornelia Parker who will discuss the work she has created in the main gallery when it reopens. Video Jam will put on a performance inspired by youth and art, whilst the Hallé Youth Choir sing William Blake poems put to some well known music.
Author and Whitbread Prize winner Jeanette Winterson OBE will discuss and look at art as a subject. The following day will also have a free session of events intended to introduce gallery goers to new gallery. The space, that has been thoroughly transformed, intends to redefine its role in the local community and envisions itself to be an exhibiting institution for many years to come.
TNT News Yasin Chinembiri